You an “anti-dentite”? You do not have to be a fan of the iconic “Seinfeld” show to be afraid of visiting your local family dental office. Many Americans want to do but are too scared.
In fact, Americans care a lot about how their teeth look. It has been estimated that at least 96% of people around the country think that a good-looking smile is important for career advancement, having a good social life, and helping people find love. Despite this, more than 20% of Americans have cavities that have not been treated. At least 200 million people around the nation have at least one denture. More than 32% of people say that they worry about the look of their teeth. While most family dentistry experts say that people should go in for a checkup and cleaning once every six months, the average time people wait between visits is three years.
Ways to Make Your Visit to the Local Family Dental Office Better
- Do not let your fear keep you from going to a family dentist. The less you go, the worse the problems you may have in your mouth. Small problems never go away on their own, they just grow into bigger and harder to treat issues. This means that when you finally get the care at the family dental center, it is a lot more serious and potentially more painful. This will just confirm your worst fears about dental care and dentists. The more you go to the dental office, the easier it will be and the more likely you will be to get over your fears.
- Talk to your dentist about your fears. Family dental offices understand the fear many people have when they go to the dentist. There was a day when all dental staff could do, other than be considerate and try to be comforting, was hang a sign up that proclaimed, “We cater to cowards.” There are a lot of things dentists can do to help patients deal with their fears and have a better experience during their dental treatment. In fact, this goes hand and hand with the idea that more visits equal better visits. Talk to your dentist and the staff and the more you get to know them and they get to know you, the more trust you can build.
- Take good care of your teeth at home. One way to cut down on the problems you will experience at the family dental office is to work at home. Make sure you brush your teeth every day. Floss on a regular basis and use a rinse. The cleaner you keep your mouth, the better in shape it will be and the less work you will have to have done. There is a saying, “Be true to your teeth and they will be true to you.” Being good to your teeth is also a good way to prevent the need for emergency dental care.
- Talk to a professional. If your fear of family dental offices comes from a specific incident or a few of them, you may be able to get past them if you go to see a professional to work through them. There are a lot of ways to work with and manage stress.
- Think about relaxing things you can do before. Sometimes when people are scared of something, they start a routine to help them deal with it that ends up making the situation worse. On the day of your dental appointment, do things that get your mind of going to the dental office. The more you continue to do the same thing before a scary event or one you perceive to be scary, the more the mind will associate the things you do to calm down with the stressful part of your day. Some people find doing some meditation before they leave for the dentist can help la lot in clearing their mind.
Dental health is more than an issue of cosmetics. Physical health and dental health are linked. In order to stay healthy, it is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy as well.